If you suffer from shoulder pain, you are no longer left with only two choices: surgery or shouldering the pain in silence. “We know we can treat any joint – the thumb, hip, wrist, shoulder – the same way we treat degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee,” says Sean Whalen, MD, of Flexogenix®, which began by treating knees.
Now Flexogenix® treats other joints as well, including shoulder joint pain, with its VisCare-Flex™ protocol. “It likely was at least in part due to the questions our patients asked that we began to expand our services and treatments to other joints outside of the knee. VisCare-Flex™ is the unsung hero of the Flexogenix® practice,” he says.
Diagnosing the shoulder pain
Diagnosis begins with a thorough history. Is he an avid golfer or waiter who repeatedly lifts heavy trays? Does she engage in any other profession or pastime that requires repeated use/overuse of her shoulder?
“The gold standard is MRI imaging,” says Dr. Whalen – which might be cost prohibitive for some. What he calls the “quick and dirty” x-ray can also reveal many clues. But ultrasound is a fraction of the cost of an MRI and doesn’t involve radiation.
The on-site AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine)-accredited and trained professionals at Flexogenix® use ultrasound to provide another piece of the shoulder-pain puzzle.
Once an accurate diagnosis has been confirmed, the correct non-surgical shoulder pain treatment can begin.
No one-size-fits-all treatment for shoulder pain
“Shoulders are extremely complex; there’s a lot going on,” says Dr. Whalen. And one treatment size does not fit all.
For those diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis, VisCare-Flex™ is recommended. If the diagnosis is soft-tissue damage, which does not resolve on its own, then the patient may be better suited for regenerative treatments.
“If I think there’s a low likelihood of success, I tell patients that I don’t want their money. I want good outcomes,” says Dr. Whalen, pointing to his 60-something-year-old golfers who have gotten their pain-free swings back without surgery.
So why not lean on Flexogenix®’s shoulder? Contact us today for a free consultation to learn if VisCare-Flex™ is the right choice for you.